Swissified Past Review

By (Global Studies, Providence College) for

Boston University: Geneva - Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was a lot because it was a semester's worth of work that was packed in 4 weeks. Grading was based on participation, essays, written exams, and presentations.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My expectations of the program were met. All resources were available. For example, medical, library, academic, etc. services were provided. The courses were very intense though since a semester was packed into four weeks.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The program had students complete a dietary form to accommodate everyone. The quality and quantity of food was great. There were always leftovers. Only breakfast was provided on weekdays. Lunch and dinner was the responsibility of students.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Weekend excursions were organized. We went to a little town in France the first weekend. Other excursions included wine tasting, visiting other towns.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Pickpocketing is very popular in Europe and a few students were victims in Geneva.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Set a budget!!!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

I am a fluent french speaker so i did not have trouble in Geneva. Most people in the city speak english though because it is an international hub so other students who were not fluent did not have trouble in their everyday interactions.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Breakfast
  • Internet